Road safety advice for businesses
CPC training for LGV/PCV drivers - Safer Urban Driving
We have partnered with Lancing Driver Training to offer the Safer Urban Driving CPC module, licensing the course from Transport for London. It is an optional module in the compulsory certificate of professional competence, which drivers of large goods and large passenger carrying vehicles have to keep up to date. The course is fully JAUPT registered - CLOCS and FORS recognised.
Training for professional drivers of LGV/PCV vehicles exists to promote awareness of best practise techniques when driving in an urban environment. This training is compulsory for some London contracts and feedback suggests it is one of the most useful CPC courses for drivers they have taken. The Safer Urban Driving module raises awareness for drivers of cyclist behaviour and infrastructure. It is part practical - on the roads on a bike (with our cycle trainers, at your level of riding) and part classroom based.
The day long course is in central Brighton and is aimed at LGV/PCV vehicle drivers for their CPC but is also very useful for van drivers.
COSTS - Company Operated Safer Transport System
Almost 30 percent of all collisions on Sussex roads involve business drivers. Are you doing enough to protect your workforce and company on the roads?
Should your employees be driving their own supermini or the firm’s delivery vehicle, popping between meetings or making long haul deliveries? As a company owner, you could be held liable for a manslaughter prosecution if an employee is killed while driving for work.
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force in April 2008 to reduce the risk to drivers at work. If you are unaware of the laws regarding driving at work and do not review driving policies on a regular basis you are at risk of prosecution.
In the event of an employee being killed or seriously injured while driving for work, companies or organisations can be convicted if management of reducing that risk was found to be unsatisfactory.
Although the Health and Safety Executive’s guidance is principally aimed at companies with five or more employees, the level of risk does not diminish for smaller firms. Risk may even increase for single operator companies whose owners have to do everything themselves and may be more tired or distracted behind the wheel.
Aside from the legal ramifications, there is the sheer human and financial cost of death and injury on the roads. Average repair bills can cost anywhere between £750 and £4,500 per claim. In the present financial climate, few companies can afford this type of bill.
Furthermore, accidents and injuries have a massive affect on staff morale and can damage the company’s reputation. Can you really afford to have:
- A vehicle off the road whilst awaiting repair or replacement?
- A member of staff away on sick leave?
- An increase in welfare support for the affected member of staff, next of kin and the workforce?
- Police or HSE investigators going through your company policies and practices with a fine toothcomb?
- Legal costs?
- All the indirect costs - such as supervisors time, fleet managers time, overtime payments to cover the staff shortfall, employee replacement, administrative costs, failure to meet customer expectations and demand and finally the loss of business?
It is not all doom and gloom. The Brighton and Hove City Council works with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership who run the COSTS – Company Operator Safer Transport Scheme – project to give you the tools you need to reduce the road risk faced by your employees.
Through the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership website you can gain a better understanding of the risks and legal requirements that you face as a company owner, and what steps you can take to reduce those risks.